Louisville-based Rabbit Hole Distillery has released a 15-Year-Old Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Finished in Japanese Mizunara Oak as the second expression in its Founder’s Collection.
This special-edition whiskey comprises ten 15-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskeys selected by Kaveh Zamanian, Rabbit Hole founder and whiskey maker, from his own private collection.
“It was a bold choice, an act of risk and reward for me to take some of the oldest and finest Bourbon from my personal collection and finish it in Mizunara casks,” said Kaveh. “I could not be more pleased with the result. Rabbit Hole Mizunara Founder’s Collection is one of the finest whiskeys I have ever tasted, and I take great pride in being able to share it with those who have a passion for one-of-a-kind whiskey.”
The handcrafted Mizunara Oak casks are made from indigenous wood harvested from 200-500-year-old oak trees and charred at levels 3-5 mm, the casks bring forth notes of scented wood, mint and an array of exotic flavours.
“I have long had a desire to explore the impact of terroir on whiskey,” he continued. “By blending and maturing 15-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon in new Japanese Mizunara oak, I set out to push the envelope on innovation, creating a truly unique expression that gives connoisseurs an opportunity to experience the marriage of two whiskey terroirs.”
On the nose of this whiskey are notes of banana, apple, pear, cherry, mint, black pepper and vanilla, the company says. The palate contains oak, spice, custard, nutmeg, black pepper, tobacco and cinnamon, which make way for honey, rose and currant. The finish is buttery, with banana, stone fruit and notes of warm earth.
For more information, go to rabbitholedistillery.com